Structure of Pigments of the Red Sweat of the Hippopotamus

October 13th, 2015

Your notion of the structure of hipposudoric and norhipposudoric acids, pigments of the red sweat of the hippopotamus, may need some updating. This newly published study calls for your attention:

Refined Structure of Hipposudoric and Norhipposudoric Acids, Pigments of the Red Sweat of the Hippopotamus,” Takatoshi Matsumoto, Yoko Saikawa, Masaya Nakata, and Kimiko Hashimoto, Chemistry Letters, epub 2015. (Thanks to T Brian H McMurry for bringing this to our attention.) The authors are at Keio University, Japan.

BONUS: Video of one way to collect sweat from a hippo:

Andrew Sayer joins the Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS)

October 12th, 2015

Andrew Sayer has joined the Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS). He says:

I am a physicist working on atmospheric remote sensing. The long hair certainly helps in my research, which is basically examining things from a distance.

Andrew Sayer, Ph.D, LFHCfS
Research scientist
NASA Goddard
Greenbelt, Maryland, USA

Melanie During joins the Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS)

October 12th, 2015

Melanie During has joined the Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS). She says:

I am a Vertebrate Paleontologist, and currently still a masters student, I am also an assistant in Big History (the field that covers everything) and a volunteer preparator at the Natural History Museum in Leiden. For the past 5 years I have been almost consistently pink-haired, and my ambitions are not just being a paleontologist, but making scientific documentaries as well.

Melanie A.D. During, LFHCfS
Masters student in Vertebrate Paleontology
Naturalis — Natural History Museum, Leiden
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Melanie in Egg

Social Media + BS

October 12th, 2015

Rasmus-Kleis-Nielsen“What does the future hold for social media and bullshit?” asks professor Rasmus Kleis Nielsen (Univ. Oxford, UK) in a new communication published in the journal Social Media + Society (“An online, open-access, peer-reviewed scholarly journal deeply committed to advancing the understanding of social media and its impact on societies past, present and future.”) The professor offers the hypothesis that bullshit is particularly common when it comes to social media (though he also points out that “No-one has a monopoly on bullshit.”)

“One thing I think we can say (and this essay outlines my justifications for that claim) is that bullshit is here to stay and will continue to play an important role for how we understand social media, how they are used, and for what they mean. Therefore, we need to take bullshit seriously as an intellectual and analytical problem.”

See: ‘Social Media and Bullshit’, Social Media + Society, April-June 2015

Further reading:Taurascatics’.

Boxer vs wrestler

October 11th, 2015

An old theoretical question — can a professional wrestler defeat a professional boxer? — got an early test of sorts in 1976, when Antonio Inoki fought Muhammad Ali:

That same evening, wrestler Andre the Giant (who in his youth often rode with the playwright Samuel Beckett, but may never have wrestled with or boxed Beckett) fought boxer Chuck (“the Bayonne bleeder”) Wepner:

BONUS: The Guardian‘s look back at the bout.

BONUS: The other Andre the Giant — the chess player